What is it?
The Seat Leon TDI FR, which is the first Leon model to get a common-rail diesel engine. The new 168bhp turbodiesel joins the range above the venerable 138bhp 2.0 pumpe-duse turbodiesel.
The VW group’s six-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox is available on the new range-topping diesel, but it’s the standard six-speed manual version of the Seat Leon TDI FR that we test here. Like the rest of the facelifted Leon range, The Leon TDI FR also gets a bigger rear window, ESP as standard, softer chassis settings and a new dash.
What’s it like?
The Seat Leon TDI FR is the vehicular equivalent of the bacon sandwich - practical, affordable and rarely disappointing. We expect a lot from a modern hot hatch, and the new Leon TDI FR is one of the most flexible real-world options around.
The new common-rail engine reduces the noise and vibration by 15 per cent over the old pumpe duse TDI FR, a point that’s evident as soon as you turn the key in the ignition
The Leon TDI FR is happy to rev to the redline, though the torquey power delivery means there’s not much point in pushing it past 3800rpm. The new common-rail unit is refined and punchy on more demanding roads, and is equally at home with motorway cruising or town driving.